Aggie Ingeniero, April 2017




College of Engineering celebrates staff and faculty accomplishments 

Friday, Feb. 24, College of Engineering faculty and staff members were recognized for their accomplishments at the first-ever Awards Banquet.

“We held our inaugural awards banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty and staff during Engineers’ Week and at the end of our Dean’s Advisory Council meeting to share this occasion with supporters of the college. The banquet was made possible by a generous donation from alum and long-time friend of the college Dr. Ed Foreman. New awards were established with funding from multiple donors with the important goal to promote synergy in the college,” said Dean Lakshmi Reddi. “It gave me immense pride and joy to recognize our outstanding faculty and staff. Please join me in congratulating this outstanding slate of award recipients.”

Nine faculty and staff members received awards for their accomplishments, collectively receiving nearly $10,000.  Two faculty members were recognized for their National Science Foundation CAREER Awards. One new professorship was awarded and a chair and professorship were re-awarded to faculty members. And five top-grant awardees for 2016 were recognized.

Joining in the celebration were Foreman Awards benefactors Ed and Harold Foreman, NMSU Civil Engineering alums. Also present was Mary Howard, daughter of Former College of Engineering Dean Frank Bromilow, whose family supports the Bromilow Awards. Along with engineering faculty and staff were members of the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard, Graduate School Dean Loui Reyes, Foundation President and Vice President for Advancement Andrea Tawney.

The College of Engineering awards were selected by Awards Committee Members David Voelz, professor, electrical and computer engineering; John Mullen, associate professor, industrial engineering; Ou Ma, professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Hongmei Luo, associate professor, chemical and materials engineering; Linda Schauer, grants and contracts administrator; and Linda Fresques, academic operations support officer.

Below are highlights of the awards.

 College of Engineering Awards

Synergy Teaching-Research-Service Award: Young-Ho Park
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Synergy Faculty Leadership Award: Delia J. Valles-Rosales
Associate Professor,  Industrial Engineering

Synergy One-College Faculty Award: Jessica Houston
Associate Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering
Synergy Staff Leadership AwardMeng Zhou
Laboratory Manager, Chemical and Materials Engineering
Synergy One-College Staff Award: Gabriela Cisneros
Research Scientist, Engineering Research Center and Alliance for Minority Participation, Civil Engineering
Foreman Faculty Excellence Award: Lynn Kelly
Professor, Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering

Foreman Staff Excellence Award: Annette Benavidez
Administrative Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bromilow Research Excellence Award: Pei Xu
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Bromilow Staff Excellence Award: Margaret Vasquez
Administrative Assistant, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Bromilow Scholarship Recipient: Alexandra Valdez
E-Council President


National Science Foundation CAREER Awardees
Wei Tang, Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Awarded February 2017
Thomas Manz, Assistant Professor
Chemical and Materials Engineering, Awarded 2016
Chairs and Professorships
Wells-Hatch Endowed Professor of Civil Engineering: Paola Bandini
Professor, Civil Engineering, Awarded January 2017
Ed and Harold Foreman Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering: Nagamany Nirmalakhandan
Professor, Civil Engineering, Renewal Awarded January 2017

Frank Carden Endowed Chair for Telemetering and Telecommunications: Charles Creusere
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Renewal Awarded January 2017


Top Grant Awardees for 2016

Paola Bandini, Professor, Civil Engineering: $1,012,700
Catherine Brewer, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering: $650,000
Muhammad Dawood, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering: $750,005
David Jáuregui, Department Head, Civil Engineering: $905,229
Russell Hardy, Director, Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center: $1,653,635